(The play was acted out by IIUM students)
1. The part on Syria and Kashmir, though without any spoken dialogue, managed to convey the message successfully. I am in awe with the creativity shown. How human rights and freedom of speech are practically non-existent, how the people are silenced and without any power to change the situation…. how UN and EU just mock the help begged upon them…. true that action speaks louder and more effectively than words.
2. Thank you for informing us with statistics on prisoners, killings and snippets of what’s really happening in the regions mentioned. For one, I have no idea before that no Kashmiri prisoners have ever came back to their family……. alive. :'(
3. The part on Rohingya, however, was… quite poorly scripted. There was this scene where a Burmese soldier raped a Rohingyan girl. The dialogue that followed was him asking the male audience, “Brothers, do you want to try this girl as well?” I honestly deem that line stupid and insensitive. Some of the audience are from war-torn countries. The scene is real to them; for some it happened to their mothers, sisters, relatives, neighbours. The question was like asking them if they would like their women to be raped. When one of the male audience mouthed “F— you!” in response, I would say it was well-deserved.
4. When the Rohingyan mother saw the bodies of her dead children, she took a knife and proceeded to kill herself. What on earth, man? People battling with war, they don’t do that. Palestians, Syrians, Kashmiris, Rohingyans, the people of Southern Thailand. Their imaan is not as shallow as ours. Sure, they’d break down, they’d cry. But never would they commit suicide. They’d take it as fate. They believe that their children are martyrs fisabilillah – and martyrdom is the best of death. So they’d be strong and make du’a for their children, may they reside peacefully in heaven. And they’d keep on producing more and more offspring so they’d grow up to fight for the sake of Allah as well. That’s what they do. Not freaking kill themselves.
5. Some of us were very rude indeed. It’s not right to laugh during serious scenes even if the acting was poor or the dialogues were off. And then some sisters got mad with you guys laughing and you said they’re being “over” and ridiculous. The hell, man. It was seriously insulting to people who actually suffer from war, don’t you see? You don’t know their pain, that’s why you had the heart to laugh. Wasn’t appropriate, really.
6. Overall tonight’s exposure gave me moral boost to study harder. Sometimes I forget why am I reading law. Sometimes I want to quit. Sometimes I want to wallow in regret because I didn’t choose a course I’d enjoy more. But tonight reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. It’s not for me – it’s for them. It’s for these Muslims who are being denied rights of life, who have no one to back them up. If I give up on Law, they’d lose one more person out of the very few who’d defend them in the future. If I give up, a few people would be happy because I won’t choose one dangerous path I so want to take since I was in high school, but more people would be sad and angered because I fail to live up to my promise. So I can’t give up. I’m very grateful for the reminder.
7. Attached here is a pdf file entitled Arakan Report, courtesy of sister Bermet and some articles on refugees I managed to retrieve online from my project paper back in UiTM (those in form of scanned journals/bookpages are at home…..)
- Arakan Report in English – http://www.ihh.org.tr/uploads/2012/arakanraporu-en.pdf
- Undocumented migrants and refugees in Malaysia: Raids, Detention and Discrimination – http://www.fidh.org/IMG/pdf/MalaisieCONJ489eng.pdf
- From Refugees to Forced Migration: UNHCR and Human Security – http://pi.library.yorku.ca/dspace/bitstream/handle/10315/6726/refugeestoforcedmigration.pdf?sequence=1
- Forced Migration: Complexities in Food and Health for Refugees Resettled in the United States – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-4797.2010.01056.x/pdf
- Conclusions Adopted by the Executive Committee on the International Protection of Refugees 1975 – 2009 – http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/pdfid/4b28bf1f2.pdf
If they shall be of use. Heavy reading they are, though. Especially the last one.